J. Douglas LaBarr
WARDSBORO- J. Douglas “Doug” LaBarr died on February 21, after his long, yet courageous journey with Parkinson’s disease and following a brief hospitalization at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH. His wife Marilyn was by his side while he received compassionate hospice care.
Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Mr. LaBarr is survived by his wife Marilyn; his sister and her spouse Dorothy and Jerry Dravet; and his four children, Gregg and spouse Debbie, Mark, Kevin and spouse Cora, and Monique and her life partner John. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Don and spouse Susie Hillenburg; sisters-in-law Patty Hillenburg and Karen and spouse Mark Flanigan; grandchildren Tasha, Josh, Dustin, Lauren, Demi, Corey, Clayton, Coleman, Kayla, Kylee, and Ava; great-grandchildren Cailey, Lilliana, Eleanor, Noah, and Carter; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and many close friends. Mr. LaBarr was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Cecile “CC” Lukasiak and his stepsons Russ and Dan Saunders.
In 1995 he and Marilyn were married in Indiana, his home state. The couple moved to Vermont in 2000 and lived a wonderful and happy life together in his beloved town of Wardsboro.
Mr. LaBarr was a graduate of both The University of Chicago and Indiana University. He worked for Indiana University, retiring after 30 years of dedicated service.
He strongly believed in volunteer activities in his community. He delivered Meals on Wheels, volunteered at the Grace Cottage Hospital annual fair book booth, and served on the Wardsboro Public Library trustee board and the Wardsboro School Board. His love of books led him down many paths. A dear friend describes him as a man of letters. He belonged to the Friends of Lilly Library at Indiana University and he was a member of the Faith Inside Book Group at Dorset Church in Dorset. He enjoyed a variety of interests throughout his lifetime including reading, opera, classical music, and museums. As a young man he enjoyed learning to fly small airplanes. Before moving to Vermont, he belonged to the Experimental Aircraft Association in Bloomington, IN.
Mr. LaBarr had a favorite Bible verse, Psalm 139 1:2, “Lord, you have probed me, you know me, you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.” He will be missed by the brothers and many friends at the Weston Priory in Weston.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to fund the cure for Parkinson’s disease at https://dhmcalumdev.hitchcock.org/parkinson_fund; by check with Parkinson’s Research in the memo line to D-H/Geisel Office of Development, Attn: Gift Recording, One Medical Center Drive, HB 7070, Lebanon, NH 03756; or Donation Processing/The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5017 or www.michaeljfox.org. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time.